With the increasing amount of articles talking about internet privacy bills being revoked and ransomware attacks occurring around the world flooding news outlets, there's a good reason to be concerned about your security and privacy on the internet. If you're one of those concerned web users who want to do something to defend yourself against these issues, here are 3 tips that will help you to protect yourself on the internet.
1. Don't Click on Suspicious Links or Download Unknown Software/Files
The easiest way to get your computer hacked and your information stolen is to click on links and download files. More often than not, files and links from suspicious websites and emails are attempts to hack your computer. Try to only download items from reputable websites and only click on links from trusted friends and sites. If you must download a certain software or click on a link that could be risky, download an antivirus software that scans these links and downloads for malicious files before you open or click on them.
2. Be More Private Online
Unless you are someone who doesn't need to use email, shop online, or access certain popular websites, you won't be able to remain completely anonymous online. However, there are certain ways that you can increase your privacy and prevent people from seeing confidential information and what you are doing online. One thing that you can do to be more private online is to prevent your browser from using tracking cookies by either turning it off in the settings or by installing a software that blocks them. Another way that you can be more private online is by using a VPN whenever you connect to the internet to surf safely on a private network.
3. Use a Variety of Passwords
People are often easily hacked because they use the same password for every site or because they use obvious passwords. For example, using banana as a password for every site you log onto or having the name of your son as a password are both bad ideas and will make it easy for hackers to steal your information. Make sure that you use a different password for each website that you use and try to keep those passwords long and complex such as 4R7POL259J!.
Protecting yourself doesn't require the use of expensive software or complicated methods. If you want to make sure that your information is secure online, use the 3 tips mentioned above.